US: a rogue that refuses to relent (and reform) - iii

Book: War on Terrorism or American Strategy for Global Dominance: Islamic Perspective on Afghan-Iraq War   Author: Manzoor Alam   Publisher: Vantage Press, New York   Year: 2009   Pages: 408+XIV   Price: $ 18.95


Dr AG Khan
  (Continued from the previous issue)

Chapter VI records the farce of elections without proper voter lists, under threats from different quarters and agenda of the occupying army. Viceroy Paul Brumer, while asking the Iraqis in exile, Faisal Istrabadi and Salem Chalabi, to draft a constitution warned of a “veto” if Islam was kept as the main source of inspiration (p279) Several provisions were a total negation of democracy. Out of 70,000 Iraqis living in America only 350 were granted the right to vote (p283). “Iraq Election A Disaster in the Making” was Juan Cole’s comment (p283) New York Times condemned the senseless rush to hold national elections without national reconstruction (283) The most ridiculous aspect was that it was monitored from Amman in Jordan (p284). Sunni participation was less than 20% (p. 286) Arbuthnot described it as a farce of historic proportions (p. 287) Even the second round (Dec. 2005) was conducted with curfews (prior to it). (p 288). While the Shiite expected that the elections would pave the way for withdrawal, the very first act of the newly elected P.M. was to demand an extension of their occupation (p289). Because it was rushed by a deadline driven by President Bush, “it yielded a draft that threatened to split the country and ignite a civil war.” (p. 293)

The constitution is designed to kill Islamic values e.g. approving live-in relationship or homosexuality highly obnoxious to Islamic Shariah. The west is using Iraq as a guinea pig to breach the citadel of Islamic Shariah (p 296).

Partitioning of Iraq was initially conceived by Iraq as a united Iraq posed a threat to its survival. The new constitution sets the ball rolling giving Kurdistan a separate flag with its own representative in the U.S. (p300). The country is now divided into three sectarian zones – Shia, Sunni, Kurds. Galbraith quite succinctly puts: Insurgency, civil war, Iranian strategic triumph, the break up of Iraq, an independent Kurdistan, and a military quagmire. These are all consequences of the American invasion of Iraq that the Bush Administration failed to anticipate” (p302). Hence the present scenario poses a serious threat to the Middle East equilibrium with very serious consequences (p303).   VII

In chapter VII Dr. Alam elaborately discusses the Islamic perspective by examining the role of Bush-Blaire conspiracy throughout the Middle East. Hatred for Islam drove these war mongers to unleash terror not only in Afghanistan and Iraq under the pretext of fighting terrorism but also their sinister designs in Iran, Turkey, Lebanon and Palestine. While paying lip sympathy to Islam, the constitutions in Iraq and Afghanistan, as manipulated by the occupying forces to marginalise Shariah and reduce the Qur’an to as non-entity to the extent that liberal amendments could be carried out for “democratising” the people. The chapter sees how an intolerant America ensured Iran’s adherence to peaceful use of nuclear capability. Though America wanted to wage the third war in Iran too; domestic uproar compelled it to resort to sanity and resist the suicidal bid.

Turkey’s entry into the European Council had also been torpedoed by Bush-Blaire combine. Similarly, their dirty tricks to safeguard the interests of the rogue Israel, the third member of “axis of evil” by pledging unflinching support in all attempts to give Palestinians a chance of peace and survival.

However, it was Lebanon that inflicted a crushing defeat to Israeli designs. Inspite of suffering immense loss of manpower, Hezbollah dealt a crushing blow to Israeli plans to pulp it (as America did in Kosava) and fan sectarian violence. The whole episode not only boomeranged on Israel, militarily as well financially; it reduced America to its proper size   VIII

The last chapter re-visits the entire scenario and records that imperialistic designs and religious fanaticism, in addition to ambitions of global dominance to extricate itself. In addition to charts, maps and statistics, the author ends his discussion with same advice which will, alas, fall on deaf ears. 

In the epilogue, Obama’s win, the author finds a total rejection of Bush propaganda.

A few major decisions give the author same hope that perhaps with cautious strategies some kind of healing touch would be extended to the bruised Muslim psyche. However, Obama though succeeded in getting Osama killed and drowned seems to have extended the arena to include Pakistan in its sweep, which even Bush was reluctant to do. By announcing a withdrawal programme from Afghanistan by 2014 Obama claims to have fulfilled his election promises. However, much remains in Iraq, Palestine and other places. 

The book is an excellent demonstration of scholarship. With statistics, maps, charts the author has been successful in recounting a sordid untold story. It must be read by every one who wants to keep himself abreast of the emerging catastrophic scenario – irrespective of the fact whether he is a Muslim or not or whether politics is not his cup of tea. None can escape the global juggernaut. The author deserves praise for incorporating the Islamic perspectives.